"These are great drugs and they do a good job of controlling pain, but there's also a high potential for these to be abused," Speights said.
"You may be taking two, three, four, five times the amount of Tylenol that you should be taking and not even know it," Speights said. "That can be severely damaging to your liver and the rest of your body."
"When a physician or provider writes a prescription for an individual, it's specifically for that person, based on age, health conditions, sometimes weight," Speights said. "It was not intended for someone else so it's really dangerous to start taking someone else's medications."
Dr. Speights said these patients should instead lockup their prescriptions and doctors could do a better job of policing their prescriptions.
"Do they really need this much pain medication, should they be taking this many at one time, do they really need three to four refills to where they can actually get 60, 90, 120 pills at once?," Speights said.
However, this still does not stop what Dr. Speights calls "doctor shoppers."
"They're getting two and three prescriptions for pain medications from multiple doctors," Speights said.
However, doctors are starting to catch on to them with the help of the Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program, a state database that tracks patients and their prescriptions.
Dr. Speights hopes prescription painkiller abuse decreases as more doctors start monitoring this site on a regular basis.